Defense cuts are poised to squander America’s demographic advantage

Written by Susan Yoshihara. Posted in Op Ed

Published at: http://articles.philly.com/2012-02-26/news/31101478_1_population-decline-fertility-obesity/2

Susan Yoshihara is senior vice president at Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) and a coeditor of “Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics”

In the latest step in her campaign for fitness, Michelle Obama told U.S. soldiers that obesity is a national-security issue. The Pentagon reports that about a quarter of the American youths seeking to don the uniform are too fat to fight, and that a billion dollars a year is spent on medical care related to overweight and obese troops.

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